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Sale 1118 — The Don David Price Iconic Collection of U.S. Bicolored Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
216
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 216, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers1c-10c Pan-American (294-299), 1c-10c Pan-American (294-299)1c-10c Pan-American (294-299). Complete set, deep rich colors, well-struck purple "Sub-Sta. No. 37, Wash. D.C., Registered, May 1, 1901" double-circle datestamp ties 10c, others (and 10c) tied by light strikes of "New York Reg. Div. 5-2" oval datestamps, on registered First Day cover to Abo, Finland, New York registry label (No. 19465), New York transit and Finnish receiving backstamps, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY FIFTEEN FIRST DAY COVERS ARE KNOWN BEARING A COMPLETE SET OF THE PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER TO FINLAND.

In an article in the June 1999 issue of First Days, Alan Berkun records eleven covers bearing complete sets of the Pan-American Issue, including four from the District of Columbia, four from Massachusetts, two from New York and one from Seattle, Washington (sold in our 2001 Rarities sale). An additional four covers, including this one, have been added to the census. A total of six are used from Washington D.C., including four to Germany and one to Switzerland; this is the only one addressed to Finland. The others have stamps arranged in the same configuration and New York registry numbers in the same range (19447, 19452, 19458, 19468 and 19474).

Recently discovered in Europe. Scott Retail $30,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
0
217
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 217, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Choice centering, tied by "New York, May 1, 7:30 PM, 1901" duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel on First Day souvenir card to Austria with "Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y. - Temple of Music" multicolored design, 2c UPU card rate underpaid by 1c, Austrian 10kr Postage Due tied at Vienna, sender's ship-name directive "Per S. S. Columbia", few small thins at lower right of card

A VERY FINE AND REMARKABLE FIRST DAY USE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE ON A SOUVENIR MAILING CARD WITH MULTICOLORED EXPOSITION-THEME DESIGN, USED TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY'S POSTAGE DUE STAMP.

Apart from the complete set covers, only fourteen First Days are documented for the 1c Pan-American Issue, of which eight are on cover and six are on card. Of these, only two are to foreign destinations (the other to France).

Ex Dr. Martin.

E. 7,500-10,000
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218
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 218, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Vignette shifted upward, tied by Buffalo N.Y. May 1, 1901 Pan-American Exposition First Day machine cancel on magnificent multicolored Exposition cover addressed to Prof. M. Loewy in Hoboken N. J., three different exposition labels applied to cover (one tied), neat "Hoboken N. J. May 2, 1901 Rec'd" backstamp, minor toning and edge flaws

A VERY FINE AND SPECTACULAR FIRST DAY COVER OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE, CANCELLED AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION IN BUFFALO AND BEAUTIFULLY ADORNED WITH EXPOSITION LABELS.

Of the 61 recorded First Day covers for this issue, only thirteen are on Exposition stationery. Of these, only four have tied Exposition labels. This is certainly one of the finest recorded examples of this issue.

Ex Dr. Martin. With 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
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219
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 219, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Tied by "Worcester, Mass. Sta. A May 1 2:30 PM" First Day duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel on European-size cover to Munich, Germany, clear New York N.Y. May 2, 1901 machine cancel and German receiving datestamps on back, couple short perfs and faint toning around a few perf tips

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES COMMEMORATIVE FIRST DAY COVERS, WITH ONLY TWO SINGLE FRANKINGS OF THE 5-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE RECORDED.

The McCusker firm sold the other 5c Pan-American single-franking First Day Cover in its Sale 203 in February 2005 for $30,000 hammer. A single 5c Pan-American stamp paying the UPU rate to a foreign country, postmarked on the First Day, ranks among the greatest of 20th Century rarities.

Ex Dr. Martin. With 1982 AFDCS certificate. Scott Retail $37,500.00

E. 30,000-40,000
26,000
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220
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 220, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers1c-10c Pan-American (294-299), 1c-10c Pan-American (294-299)1c-10c Pan-American (294-299). Tied by light strikes of "Pan Am. Sta., Buffalo N.Y. Sep. 1, 1901" and machine cancel on multicolored Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building illustrated cover to Canada, transit and receiving backstamps, few stamps small flaws mostly from placement near edge of cover, still Very Fine, a beautiful and colorful use

E. 500-750
450
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221
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 221, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers1c-10c Pan-American (294-299), 1c-10c Pan-American (294-299)1c-10c Pan-American (294-299). Tied by "Madison Square Branch N.Y." registry ovals, 4c also with ms., purple "May 6, 1901 Madison Square Branch, New York" boxed datestamp on back of registered cover to Hirschberg, Germany and apparently forwarded twice, Hirschberg (May 17), Karlsbad (May 18) and Dresden (May 22) backstamps, slightly reduced at right, some slight edgewear and overall toning, Very Fine and colorful use sent the first week of issue (stamps were issued May 1), it is also remarkable that the vignettes are all well centered, with clear 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
550
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222
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 222, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Two items: first is postcard depicting "Legend of the White Canoe, Niagara" with 1c, vignette shifted forward, tied by "Buffalo N.Y. Aug. 3, 1901" machine cancel to New York; second is 1c with shifted vignette, used with 1c Trans-Mississippi (285) and tied by "New Milford Conn. Jul. 22, 1901" duplexes on cover to Danbury Conn., Very Fine, desirable with the strongly shifted vignettes

E. 150-200
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223
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 223, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Vignette shifted to left, s.e. at top, tied by "Buffalo N.Y. May 18 6:30PM 1901" duplex datestamp and oval grid on oversize multicolored souvenir card depicting the exhibition fair grounds, to New York City, card with come creasing at left, still Very Fine and colorful item sent within the first month of use

E. 200-300
180
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224
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 224, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers4c Pan-American, Diagonal Half Used as 2c (296 var), 4c Pan-American, Diagonal Half Used as 2c (296 var)4c Pan-American, Diagonal Half Used as 2c (296 var). Bottom left half tied by "Boston Mass. Jun. 20 7:30PM 1901" duplex cancel on cover to Peabody Mass., receiving backstamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce bisected use, with 1982 P.F. certificate stating that this is a "genuine unofficial usage"

E. 300-400
200
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225
c
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 225, 1901 Pan-American Issue Covers8c Pan-American (298), 8c Pan-American (298)8c Pan-American (298). Vignette shifted down, used with 1c and 4c Pan-American (294, 296), also 1c Green (279) and horizontal pair of 2c Carmine, Ty. IV (279B) on back, tied by purple "Registered, Oct. 14, 1901, Yonkers N.Y." three-line datestamp on registered censored illustrated McKinley mourning cover to Johannesburg, Transvaal, pink "On His Majesty's Service, Opened Under Martial Law" label at left which is tied by purple oval censor's datestamp, some edgewear, missing part of bottom flap, some slight toning around a few perfs, 1c Pan-American small scuff, still Very Fine, a remarkable censored use of a mourning cover to Transvaal sent during the Boer War, properly paying double the 5c UPU rate plus 8c registry fee

E. 300-400
450
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